PRESS RELEASE: Perhaps the most expensive car ever to be sold in the history of the prestigious auction house Christie's is due to go under the hammer on 17 February at the international vintage car fair Rétromobile in Paris: one of two remaining original Type D racing cars from Auto Union dating from 1939. Christie's has estimated the value of the car at 8.8 to 12 million euros. That would be a new record in the British auction house's long history. Worldwide interest in the vehicle is huge. For that reason, Christie's is holding a press conference in collaboration with Audi of America and Audi Tradition in
In the 1980s the American Paul Karassik eventually brought them to the West having searched for over ten years and eventually finding the cars stripped down into individual parts in the former
The Auto Union engineers, headed by Robert Eberan-Eberhorst, developed the 12-cylinder Type D racing car for the 1938 racing season, in which new international Grand Prix regulations were introduced, limiting engine capacity to three litres. The fundamental technical design of the car – mid-mounted engine, torsion bar suspension, supercharged engine – essentially followed the model of its Type C predecessor, developed by Ferdinand Porsche for Auto Union with a 16-cylinder V-engine. In 1938 Auto Union won the Italian and British Grand Prix with the Type D racing car.
The car was modified in 1939 with the addition of a twin compressor, which increased its engine power output from 420 to 460 bhp. Its top speed was 330 km/h and it was driven to victory at the Grand Prix in
Audi Tradition today once again owns four Auto Union Silver Arrows – the original Type D and Type C/D hill-climbing car and replicas of the original Type C Grand Prix car and the Type C Avus Streamline racing car. A further replica is still to be produced this year – a Auto Union Type D racing car of the 1939 generation with twin compressor.
Experts from Audi Tradition will be on hand at the press conferences in
The four rings of the Audi badge symbolise the brands Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer, which were later combined under the umbrella of Auto Union. Auto